Greek Mythology: The Odyssey, Day 1

Goals for the Week:

  1. Understand the mythology of the Olympian gods/goddesses.
  2. Understand the plot and characters of Homer’s The Odyssey.
  3. Create a myth for an original Greek god/goddess.

Today’s Checklist:

  1. Review a PowerPoint over Greek Mythology gods and goddesses.
  2. Fill in the chart in this Google Document with what you learned
  3. Understand and start thinking about this week’s assignment: Original Greek Myth.

Today’s Lesson!


  • ELAGSE9-10RL6: Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature.
  • ELAGSE9-10RL1: Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

Learning Target: 

I can review information from a PowerPoint about Greek mythology so that I can complete a chart highlighting what I have learned. I can analyze this information, so that it will help me to understand context in Homer’s The Odyssey.


Odysseus will encounter numerous gods, goddesses, creatures, and monsters throughout his journey in The Odyssey. Check out this video about the top ten monsters from Greek mythology.

Work Session: 

  • Review this PowerPoint over the Greek gods and goddesses. Greek Gods and Goddesses
  • Fill out this chart indicating what you have learned. Greek Mythology Chart
  • Take a look at the Create your Own Greek god/goddess and myth assignment, due Friday, May 15th by 11:59 pm. Submit to your teacher via email or however he/she wants you to turn your assignments in.

Closing Session: 

Greek culture is still relevant today, even in pop culture. Check out these two video clips. The first is from the film My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Observe how Toula feels about being Greek, as opposed to her father.

The second is from a trailer about the video game, God of War.

  • Make sure you know what’s expected of you this week for your assignment.
  • Fill out the chart about Greek mythology. Greek Mythology Chart
  • Determine what you want to do for your original Greek myth. Message your teacher if you have any questions.

Looking Ahead: Tomorrow’s Checklist

If you want to get ahead on things, here is what we’re going to be doing tomorrow!

  1. We’re going to look at an overview of Homer’s The Odyssey.
  2. Understand the character of Odysseus and the obstacles that he must overcome.



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